Monday, July 19, 2010

Trojan can infect webcams, invading privacy and maybe framing users

The Register” has a report about a Trojan from Germany spread by ICQ which can control webcams and can spy on people when they are at their home computers, possibly for voyeuristic purposes. The story by John Leyden is here.

A webcam Trojan could be dangerous for another reason. Conceivably it could be used to implicate a home user in photographing and distributing “illegal content” himself.

Some family computing security authorities say that parents should not allow kids to have webcams, as they have little real legitimate use (a whole subplot of “Days of our Lives” a few years ago was based on one). New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald said that a few years ago after the case of Justin Berry. However, many modern laptops come equipped with webcams.

The report link was distributed today by a Webroot tweet.

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